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The Limits of Explainability
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The Limits of Explainability

When we look at a stack of blocks or a stack of Oreos, we intuitively have a sense of how stable it is, whether it might fall over, and in what direction it may...

Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs
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Tech Companies Should Stop Pretending AI Won't Destroy Jobs

I took an Uber to an artificial-­intelligence conference at MIT one recent morning, and the driver asked me how long it would take for autonomous vehicles to take...

Computational Social Science ≠ Computer Science + Social Data
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Computational Social Science ≠ Computer Science + Social Data

The important intersection of computer science and social science.

Responsible Research with Crowds
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Responsible Research with Crowds: Pay Crowdworkers at Least Minimum Wage

High-level guidelines for the treatment of crowdworkers.

Impediments with Policy Interventions to Foster Cybersecurity
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Impediments with Policy Interventions to Foster Cybersecurity

A call for discussion of governmental investment and intervention in support of cybersecurity.

Ethics Omission Increases Gases Emission
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Ethics Omission Increases Gases Emission

A look in the rearview mirror at Volkswagon software engineering.

Will the Supreme Court Nix Reviews of Bad Patents?
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Will the Supreme Court Nix Reviews of Bad Patents?

Considering the longer-term implications of a soon-to-be-decided U.S. Supreme Court case.

How to Make Replication the Norm
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How to Make Replication the Norm

Replication is essential for building confidence in research studies, yet it is still the exception rather than the rule.

How to Monitor Fake News
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How to Monitor Fake News

The indictment of 13 Russians filed on Friday by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election,...

19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data
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19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data

In 1981, when I was 9 years old, my father took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Trump's Budget Wants the ­S to Stop Watching the Planet
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Trump's Budget Wants the ­S to Stop Watching the Planet

Today, the Trump administration released a proposed budget that called for massive cuts to science research across the federal government.

Welcome to the Post-Text Future
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Welcome to the Post-Text Future

I'll make this short: The thing you're doing now, reading prose on a screen, is going out of fashion.

The Inclusive and Accessible Workplace
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The Inclusive and Accessible Workplace

Maximizing the performance of neurodiverse talent.

Innovation from the Edges
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Innovation from the Edges

How innovation originates from market participants with multiple perspectives about commercial value.

I Am a Roboticist in a Cheese Factory
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I Am a Roboticist in a Cheese Factory

Most people think about robots as autonomous machines guided by artificial intelligence.

Steam Not Stem: Why Scientists Need Arts training
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Steam Not Stem: Why Scientists Need Arts training

From biotech to climate change, advances in technology raise significant moral questions. To engage responsibly, our next generation of scientists need training...

Even Realistic Videogames Like Call of Duty Won't Help ­S Win Wars
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Even Realistic Videogames Like Call of Duty Won't Help ­S Win Wars

Millennials can now storm the beaches of Normandy and fight Nazis with a new level of realism.

How Law and Computer Science Can Work Together to Improve the Information Society
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How Law and Computer Science Can Work Together to Improve the Information Society

Seeking to remedy bad legislation with good science.

Defining American Greatness
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Defining American Greatness: IBM from Watson to Trump

Reflections on a firm that encapsulated the American Century.

Technology and the Failure of the ­niversity
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Technology and the Failure of the ­niversity

Considering the double-edged sword of learning technologies in various academic settings.
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